"B" is for Bull, Stephen (d. 1800)

Jun 11, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

"B" is for Bull, Stephen (d. 1800). Soldier, legislator. Descended from one of the first families of South Carolina, Stephen Bull was the nephew of Lieutenant Governor William Bull, Jr. Bull represented Prince William’s Parish in the Commons House of Assembly. On the eve of the American Revolution, he was a colonel commanding the Beaufort District militia regiment. Unlike most members of his family, he supported the American cause. In 1778 he was promoted to brigadier general and led his regiment on the ill-fated American campaign against British East Florida. Bull participated with General William Moultrie in the American victory at Port Royal Island in 1779. After the fall of Charleston in 1780 Stephen Bull went into self-imposed exile in Virginia and Maryland and offered no more service to the patriot cause.